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2,501 29,419 Newbie for kids
by Fossilman
Jan 22, 2021 11:16:42 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

143 1,284 Important: Cloudinary (Upload File button) users please read
by woodman
Jan 21, 2021 22:10:13 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 25 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

4,902 60,506 Some questions about Diamond Pacific's big 65lb barrel
by Bob
Jan 22, 2021 11:58:05 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 4 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,530 48,262 Snakes and Stones
by jasoninsd
Jan 22, 2021 8:38:09 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 3 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

10,982 146,466 I Could've Been A Contender!
by Fossilman
Jan 22, 2021 11:18:10 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 1 Viewing

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,761 58,497 First groove wrap
by miket
Jan 22, 2021 11:55:23 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

905 12,643 Pendant
by opalpyrexia
Jan 22, 2021 12:00:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

333 4,652 Rock Grinder
by NevadaBill
Nov 27, 2020 14:36:18 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc.

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,624 24,562 Second Intarsia
by taylor
Dec 30, 2020 23:46:06 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

102 1,473 Faceted rose-cut tigereye in a realistic eye design
by adrian65
Jan 12, 2021 22:39:53 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

147 2,562 Fees to charge for making spheres from provided material
by NRG
Jan 3, 2021 21:57:52 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

100 2,900 Tumbling in 6 inch Schedule 40 PVC Barrels
by jamesp
Jan 9, 2021 19:13:04 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 2 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

509 4,214 Russia's Uralkali Sylvinite Mine
by stephan
Jan 21, 2021 23:57:25 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 11 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,289 143,419 Polishing Rocks With a Dremel
by Bob
Jan 20, 2021 13:07:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 6 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

5,975 61,510 removing glued end-pieces from wood stubs
by rixrocks
Jan 18, 2021 19:57:17 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 4 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,804 22,583 12 Inch Polishing Head
by toiv0
Jan 22, 2021 10:00:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,409 38,206 GOT COPROLITE???
by woodman
Jan 22, 2021 10:45:08 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,106 11,847 The Agatized Stromatolites of the Horse Spring Formation
by kyoti
Dec 30, 2020 11:02:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 6 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,820 23,298 Banded Montana agate?
by holajonathan
Jan 22, 2021 12:02:44 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,892 136,017 Yooperlites Hunting Skyline
by NDK
Jan 16, 2021 21:44:15 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

766 24,646 We have a WINNER! I'm thinking of a number...
by alikat218
Jan 22, 2021 11:58:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 1 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,669 31,738 Rookie seeking advice! Clear Creek, San Benito County CA
by Tommy
Jan 20, 2021 12:15:36 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,321 10,826 Lot-o tumbler : where buying it in Canada ?
by mgfiest
Dec 19, 2020 15:41:54 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,377 28,164 Turkish opal Auction
by roy
Jan 22, 2021 12:01:08 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 5 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

11,875 159,256 The Official Day In Pictures Thread™️
by roy
Jan 22, 2021 12:02:54 GMT -5


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Wooferhound: Watch Carefully , the pictures will be revealed to you for 3/10 of a Second . Jan 20, 2021 12:12:22 GMT -5
1dave: Jan 20, 2021 17:52:30 GMT -5
storm: New year, new me Jan 21, 2021 0:10:22 GMT -5
storm: New year, new rock tumbling purchase Jan 21, 2021 0:10:39 GMT -5
storm: New year, new set of rocks to polish! Jan 21, 2021 0:10:59 GMT -5
amygdule: 2021 is going too be an exciting year... Jan 21, 2021 2:10:53 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: And even exciting . . . Rocks are gonna Shine this year Jan 21, 2021 6:18:27 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: New Year , New Attitude Jan 21, 2021 6:25:15 GMT -5
rickb: More changes in attitude, latitude and altitude Jan 21, 2021 12:20:05 GMT -5 *
parfive: A little rectitude wouldn’t hurt either.

It’ll come in handy later at The Bonfire of the Vicissitudes.
Jan 21, 2021 21:40:28 GMT -5
Wooferhound: Lois Lane loves Superman , not Clark Kent . Jan 21, 2021 21:57:34 GMT -5
storm: -Whoa. Wooferhound is going DEEP Jan 22, 2021 0:49:47 GMT -5
amygdule: Lois Lane Loves Agates
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storm: muy bonito! Jan 22, 2021 2:41:04 GMT -5
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parfive: Don’t the sniffs usually precede the pearl necklace? (faint) Jan 22, 2021 11:26:05 GMT -5
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rickb: RIP Henry Aaron Jan 22, 2021 11:40:16 GMT -5